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will discuss a case for impeachment investigation into the firing of james comey. the atlantic interviewed or caitlin flanagan will be here to talk about her recent stories on how late night comedy fueled the rise of donald trump. that will do it for today's "washington journal." thank you for spending part of your saturday with us. we will see you tomorrow. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] >> live at liberty university in lynchburg, virginia, where president trump will be the commencement speaker for this year's graduation ceremony. the president's first commencement speech as president. it is just getting underway, live coverage.
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[applause] crowd:usa! forould you remain standing an opening prayer, and after please remain standing for the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem. let's pray. oh lord, our lord, how excellent is your name on all the earth. we stand in great respect and reverence of your majestic name. the name that is above all names. the name of the lord jesus christ. we thank you for these special graduates. we thank you for friends and loved ones, both here and abroad who offer their support for these special graduates on this very special day. we thank you for liberty university, who strives daily to develop christ centered men and women with the values, knowledge and skill essential to impact
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the world. and institution that loves god -- an institution that loves god, was country, and those sworn to defend her. most of all we are grateful for your holy word and the promises they are in. we're thankful for the gospel of john chapter three verse 16, for god so loved the world that he gave his precious, special sign, the lord jesus christ to come upon the earth to live a sinless life, to die a crucifixion, uried and rise again and offer salvation to whoever will call upon the name of the lord. for whosoever believeth and him will not perish, but have everlasting life. we pray that you are pleased with what you hear. we pray for your blessing upon the ceremony. we pray in your name. in jesus name we pray, amen.
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please remain standing for the pledge of allegiance. >> would you please join me in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america. and to the republic, for which god,ands, one nation under indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. [applause] oh say can you see by the dawn's early light what so proudly we hail gleamingilight last whose bright stripes and bright stars
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perilh the payroll -- for the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming and the rockets red glare the bombs bursting in air proof through the night that the flag was still there oh say does that saw -- star-spangled banner for the land of the free of the brave
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♪ [applause] president trump: thank you sounds of liberty. please be seated. today we would like to honor one of our alumni, daniel. last night we honored wallace and eleanor who served as missionaries to haiti. they provided numerous scholarships for haitian young people to attend liberty. daniel received the turnbow leadership program scholarship. he came to liberty, graduating in 2006 with a degree in business administration and leadership. daniel grew up among has and families to practice voodoo in haiti. he cofounded bridge capital, the
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first small and medium enterprise investment firm in haiti. the goal was to create 100,000 new jobs by the year 2020. additionally he has been a professor of entrepreneurship -- development at two universities. book,lished his first that was on trade." the role of private investment and economic develop. he believes the only way to end the global cycle of poverty is to empower people to meet their own needs profitably and sustainably. ,s he said in the documentary poverty incorporated, no one wants to be a beggar for life. like president trump, daniel believes that jobs, not government handouts are the only real pathway out of poverty.
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[applause] he has become a highly sought-after consultant for his intelligence, character, and unprecedented a couple she and was recently featured in "forbes." he is recognized internationally as an expert on issues regarding the role of business and eliminating poverty. he has spoken at over 15 different countries. we are proud today to say that he represents liberty university in all of these places. joinl, would you please president falwell and me here at the podium. [applause] clacks -- he worked tirelessly in
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his homeland. the the power vested in me doctorate of business is hereby conferred upon daniel with all of the rights and privileges appertaining thereunto. [applause] >> i want to welcome the group from libertyrty -- who performed at the washington cathedral at the inauguration. now they will perform the same number. i do not see them. there they are. ok. all years. -- yours.
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clacks at this time, lady -- my ladies ande in gentlemen, i want you to welcome the president of liberty university, jerry follow. [applause] : good morning, it is my privilege and honor to officially welcome all of you to liberty university's commencement.
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i apologize for the computer glitch. that is technology, sorry about that. today we will confer nearly 19,000 degrees and make history by welcoming a sitting u.s. president to campus. [applause] >> this is by far the largest attendance we have ever had it commencement. our previous record was around
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36,000, today they tell me we have over 50,000. [applause] : this is only happened once before, when president george h.w. bush, this is the only -- this is only the second time a sitting president has spoken. george bush was the speaker on may 12, 1990. -- university of notre dame has had a tradition the last two generations to have the sitting resident, or the new president deliver the first commencement at notre dame. we have always respected and admired notre dame university. from the very beginning we evangelicale for young people what notre dame is for catholic young people. i am proud to say today that the president of the united states chose to deliver his first commencement address not at notre dame, but liberty
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university. [applause] jerry falwell: i want to begin by recognizing our guests of honor, the class of 2017. would all of the graduates please stand. [applause] jerry falwell: we are so proud of you and thank god for each one of you. please remain standing. do not take this achievement lightly. he had earned this honor. your years of hard work, sacrifice and dedication have made this day a reality. it has been a genuine privilege for me and all of the faculty and staff to serve you and be
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part of your lives. congratulations, graduates, you may be seated. [applause] jerry falwell: 4900 68 members of the class of 2017 are graduating with honors. 1147 are graduating with a perfect 4.0 gpa. [applause] work, firsthand how much dedication, and sacrifice was required for you to achieve so much academically. i salute you for this incredible achievement. 's 85% students represent of this year graduating class. represent 85% of this year's graduating class. you are the picture of america's higher educated.
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youdid what you want to add and further, so you took classes online, at night, on the weekends, after the kids went to bed. you work hard, he studied hard. he turned your dreams into reality as you have much to be proud of today. at this point i would like to direct your attention to five and two chairs on the front row draped in regalia. we are awarding five post-humanist graduates to the following persons. ousm sorry, post-hum degrees. doris walker. richard fortner. skyler spencer. benjamin worthington. timothy adams. the families of these recently deceased graduates are with us. with the families please stand. -- would be families please stand. -- the families please stand. [applause]
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jerry falwell: family members, few here can imagine the pain that you have -- you feel. take comfort in knowing that your liberty family is praying for you. we thank god for the legacy of your loved ones and for the lives they have touched. this week is the 10th anniversary of my father's said in passing and his office at age 73. my father would find a way to weave into every speech and sermon the admonition that students should never quit and never give up. dad loved to quote winston churchill who said success is going from failure to failure, with undiminished enthusiasm. my father often said a man's greatness is not determined by his talent for his wealth, but rather by what it takes to discourage him. graduates, you will face seemingly insurmountable
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hardships and obstacles often throughout your career. at times everything will seem hopeless and every fiber of your being will be screaming for you to quit and give up i have dreams. persevering in those darkest hours is what separates the winners from the losers. only if you press on will you achieve greatness. trump had aident close relationship with his father, my father and i were very close. suddenly, ied away not only had to deal with the grief of losing someone who had been a great father, who i a traveled with as a child as he went from town to town, starting the news about his newly found a college. i also had to step into a public role that was completely outside of my comfort zone. the stress of dealing with all of that at once was almost unbearable. when i look around today, i am so glad that i heeded my father's advice and did not show in the towel and put. -- and quit.
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the 2017 class has studied under godly professors and spiritual leaders. you have learned not just how to make a living, but also how to live. you have learned from the teachings of jesus, to live your lives by the great commandment, love god with all of your heart, soul, and mind, and love your neighbors as yourself. as a student body you worked with steph curry to send over 20,000 pairs of shoes to people in the congo. and tornadourricane victims in louisiana, mississippi, and georgia. you volunteered over 950,000 hours locally to help those in need. once and churchill said you make a living by what you learn, but you make a life by what you give. christians often overlook the fact that in order to give and to serve others, you need resources. you need to be successful in your own careers first. creating employment is one of the most effective ways of serving others. mission is to train
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young people to succeed in every profession and to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. when you begin your career remember that nothing can take the place of persistence. talent will not. nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. genius will not, unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. education will not. the world is full of educated derelicts. persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. when i was growing up my father had a speech by legendary dream bay packers coach vince lombardi on his office wall entitled "what it takes to be number one." bensalem party won the super bowl more times than any other coach even before it was called the super bowl. "i speech ended with this believe in god and i believe and i only- decency, but believe a man's finest hour is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause
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and lies exhausted on the field of battle, victorious." that was november 8 for you, was it an -- was it not, mr. president? [applause] said, i haven failed over and over again in my life and that is why i succeed. john rockefeller said, don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great. i have always appreciated pink -- stoneords of wisdom exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a case. you have to think about that. hope you never forget these principles we have been so passionate about for decades. right now it is my distinct honor and privilege to introduce to you a man who has lived his life according to these same principles of perseverance and never quitting. president donald j. trump is a man who i greatly admire and who
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i am proud to call my friend and my president. thes a man who speaks plane, common sense troop. a man who has succeeded in business and politics, decide conventional wisdom to become the 45th president of the states. as a champion of the average american citizen including those who felt forgotten and neglected by the establishment. since his election i have noticed a new hope and optimism sweeping the country. as a country we need a fresh and bold leader. love for trump's ordinary americans and his kindness, generosity, and bold leadership qualities made him the best candidate for the job. mr. trump possesses the result of his country first and to never give up in a world that is increasingly hostile to our values. instead of another professional politician, the american voters
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wisely chose a successful businessman to be the country. 's donald trump offers more than just as his acumen. he is a man with wonderful and successful children who love their father. a man who is personable and actually relates to the common man. president trump was willing to risk his business empire, has comfortable lifestyle, his record tatian, -- reputation. his family was willing to sacrifice their privacy for the country they love and the benefit of the american people. actions in the's last four months become himself. -- speak for themselves. ,e appointed a conservative pro-life justice to the supreme court. e appointed mormon -- more men -- [applause] men and womenore of faith to his cabinet than any president in recent memory.
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he bombed those in the middle east who were persecuting and killing christians. earlier he chose -- [applause] earlier he chose mike pence as his running mate. last week he signed an executive order for filling a promise to return political free speech rights to churches, writ -- religious leaders, and universities like this one. [applause] falwell: repealing the johnson amendment was the first issue he mentioned to me at the beginning of his campaign. last week he proved he is a man of his word. i do not believe any president in our lifetimes has done so much that has benefited the christian community in such a short time span the donald trump. president trump ventured into politics at a time when a nation has never been more polarized.
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and --rves our respect admiration for enduring relentless attacks from the media, the establishment on the left and right and academia. attackers need's to heed the words of thomas jefferson who lived in central virginia, he said i never consider the difference in religion and politics as cause of withdrawing from a friend. our president's enemies need to once again practice the tolerance they often preach. president trump and dr. hawkins please join me. [applause] jerry falwell: in recognition of president trump's commitment to his country and the citizens who have been forgotten by their own government and for his unwavering determination to make america great again, and in
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acknowledgment of his bold leadership of the nation with the powers vested in me, by the bout -- board of trustees of liberty university. degree isate of laws hereby conferred upon president donald j. trump with all of the rights and privileges appertaining thereunto. [applause] jerry falwell: now to deliver the 44th commencement address, join me in welcoming back to liberty university, president donald j. trump. [applause]
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president trump: thank you very much, everybody. and congratulations to the class of 2017. that is some achievement. this is your day. you have earned every minute of it. i am thrilled to be back at liberty university. i have been here, this is now my third time. we love setting records, right? we always set records. we have to set records, we have no choice. it has been a little over a year since i have spoken on your beautiful campus. so much has changed. right here, the class of 2017, and downn cap graduating to a totally brilliant future. here i am, standing before you as president of the nine states -- of the united states.
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i and guessing the some people here today who thought that either one of those things, either one would really require major help from god. did we agree? we got it. [applause] but here we are, celebrating together, on this joyous occasion. there is no place in the world i would rather be to give my first commencement address as president than here with my wonderful friends at liberty university. [applause] trump: i accepted the invitation along time ago. i said to jerry that i would be there. when i say something, i mean it. [applause] president trump: i want to thank president jerry falwell and his incredible wife, becky.
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stand up, becky. for their kind words come other steadfast support, and they're really wonderful friendship. ourme also extend appreciation to the entire falwell family, trey, sarah, wesley, laura, and caroline, thank you for everything you do to make the university so exceptional. one of the truly great schools. most importantly, to the new graduates, each of you should take immense pride in what you have achieved. there is another group of amazing people we want to celebrate today. they are the ones who have made this journey possible for you. you know who that is? you forgot already. you are going to go out, you will do what you will do, some will make a lot of money. some will be happier doing other things. they are your parents and grandparents, do not forget them.
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[applause] president trump: you have not forgotten? never forget them, they are great. especially this weekend, let's make sure we give a really extra special thanks to the moms. [applause] president trump: don't forget the moms. graduates, today is your day. today is your day, but, in all of this excitement, do not forget that tomorrow is mother's day, right? i had a great mother. she is looking down now. i had a great mother. i always loved mother's day. we are deeply honored to be joined by some of the nearly 6000 servers -- service members, military veterans and spouses who are receiving or diplomas today -- there diplomas today. would you please stand? [applause] president trump: that is great.
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thank you very much. great job. toare profoundly grateful every single one of you who serve -- sacrifice to keep us safe and protect god's precious gift of freedom. -- it isa testament truly a testament to the university and the values that you embrace that your graduating class includes so many patriots who have served the country in uniform. thank you very much. to the class of 2017, today you and one chapter, but you are about to begin the greatest adventure of your lives. just think for a moment about to be here you are today at this great, great university. living in this amazing country surrounded by people who you love and care about so much.
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ask yourself, -- with all of those blessings and the blessings that you have been given, what will you give back to the country and the world? what imprint will you leave in the sands of history? what will future american say we did in our brief time right here on earth. did we take risks? did we dare to defy expectations? -- did weallenge challenge accepted wisdom and take on established systems? i think i did. we all did. we are all doing it. did we just go along with convention? swim downstream. so easily with the current and
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in because it was the easy, traditional way, or the accepted way? remember this, nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy. meansing your convictions you must be willing to face criticism from those who lack the same courage to do what is right. they know what is right, but they do not have the courage or stamina to take it and to do it. it is called the road less traveled. i know that each of you will be a warrior for the truth. will be a warrior for our country, and for your family. i know that each of you will do what is right, not what is the easy way.
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and he will be true to yourself -- you will be true to yourself, your country and your beliefs. in my short time in washington i have seen firsthand how the system is broken. , small group of failed voices who think they know everything, and understand everyone want to tell everybody else how to live and what to do, and how to think. you are not going to let other people tell you what you believe , especially when you know that you are right. [applause] president trump: those of you graduating today who have given half a million hours of charity last year alone, unbelievable amount of work and charity. few universities or colleges can claim anything even close.
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we do not need a lecture from washington on how to lead our lives. i am standing here, looking at the next generation of american leaders. there may very well be a president or two in our midst. anyone think you will be president, raise your hand? are inscribed the values of service, sacrifice, and devotion. now you must go forth into the world and turn your hopes and dreams into action. america has always been the land of dreams because america is a nation of true believers. when the pilgrims landed at payed.th a parade -- they
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founders wrote the declaration of independence they invoked our creator four times. in america we do not worship government, we worship god. [applause] that is why the elected officials put their hands on the asle and say, so help me god they take the oath of office. why our currency proudly declares, in god we trust. it is why we proudly proclaim that we are one nation, under god every time we say the pledge of allegiance. [applause] the story ofmp: america is the story of an
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adventure that began with deep faith, big dreams, and tumble beginnings -- humble beginnings. but is also the story of liberty university. when i think about the visionary founder of this great institution, reverend jerry falwell senior, i can only imagine how excited he would be if he could see all of this and all of you today and help out he would be of his son and of his family. in just two days we will mark the 10th anniversary of reverend falwell's passing. i used to love watching him on television. hearing him preach. he was a very special man. he would be so proud, not just at what you have achieved, but of the young men and women of character that you have all become.
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--ry, i know you are dead your dad is looking down on you right now and he is proud. he is very proud. congratulations. great job. [applause] life is aalwell's testament to the power of faith to change the world. the inspiring legacy that we see all around us in this great stadium, this is a beautiful stadium. it is packed. i am so happy about that. i said, how are you going to fill up a place like that? it is packed, jerry. it is beautiful. in your smiling faces. it all began with a vision. that vision was of a world-class university for evangelical christians. i want to thank you because, boy
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did you come out and vote, those of you that are old enough, in other words, your parents. boy oh boy. you voted. you voted. people told him his vision was impossible, i am sure they continue to say that so long after he started. at the beginning with just 154 students. the fact is, no one has ever achieved anything significant without a chorus of critics standing on the sidelines, explaining why it cannot be done. nothing is easier, or more pathetic than being a critic. they are people that cannot get the job done. the future belongs to the dreamers, not the critics. the future belongs to the people who follow their heart, no matter what the critics say
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because they truly believe in their vision. at liberty, your leaders knew from the beginning that a strong athletic program would help the so the school might transform more lives. that is why a crucial part of reverend falwell's vision for making liberty a world-class institution was having a world-class football team. much like the great teams of notre dame. great school, great place. in fact the vice president mike pence is there today, doing a fabulous job as he always does. [applause] a few years ago the new york times even wrote a story on the great ambitions of the liberty flames. that story prompted a long time president of another school to
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write a letter to jerry. it is a letter that reverend falwell would have been very, very pleased to read. jerry tells me that letter now hangs on the wall in the boardroom of your great university. it came from the late father theodore hex per, the beloved president of the university of notre dame 35 years ago. school's founder, he was a truly kindhearted man of deep faith. in the letter, he recalled that notre dame's own rise from a small, midwestern school to a national football powerhouse. he wrote something so amazing and generous, he wrote, i think you are on your -- on that same trajectory and i want to wish you all of the best and ,ncourage you from the starting
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and from being able to start very small and arriving in the big ten -- time. thanks to hard work, great faith, and devotion, those dreams have come true. as of february of this year the liberty flames are playing in the highest level of competition in ncaa football. that could tough -- be tough. i am a little worried. jerry, are you sure you know what you're doing here? other players are big and fast and strong. i have a feeling that you will do very well. humble roots you have become a powerhouse in education and sports. hearwait until the world s the football teams he will be playing starting next season.
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president falwell gave me a list of some of the schools. the once he will be playing in 2018. would you like me to read the names? would you like to hear them? i'm a little bit concerned. umass, virginia, auburn, jerry, are you sure you know what you are doing? jerry, auburn? i don't know about that. this could be trouble, jerry. rutgers, old dominion, brigham , i might be there, who am i supposed to root for? i don't know. that is a tough one, jerry. i will have to think about that one, jerry. buffalo, troy, virginia tech, oh no, jerry. ole miss and wake forest.
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those are really top schools. may be in four years or five years i will come. good luck. the success of your athletic program arriving on a big stage should be a reminder to every new graduate of just what you can achieve when you start small , pursue a big vision, and never, ever quit. you never quit. if i give you one message to hold in your hearts today, it is this -- never, ever give up. there will be times in your life you will want to quit. you will want to go home. you want to go home perhaps to that wonderful mothers sitting back there watching you and say, mom, i cannot do it. i cannot do it. just never quit. go back home and tell mom, dad, i can do it. i can do it. i will do it.
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you are going to be successful. i have seen so many brilliant people. they gave up in life. they were totally brilliant. they were top of their class. they were the best students, the best of everything, they gave up. i have seen others who really did not have a talent or ability and they are among the most successful people today in the world because they never quit and they never gave up. just remember that. never stop fighting for what you believe in and for the people who care about you. carry yourself with dignity and pride. demand the best from yourself. be totally unafraid to challenge entrenched interest and failed power structures. does that sound familiar, by the way? the more people tell you it is not possible, that it cannot be done, the more you should be absolutely determined to prove them wrong. treatment word, impossible, as
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nothing more than motivation. relish the opportunity to be an outsider. embrace that label. being an outsider is fine. embrace the label. it is the outsiders who changed the world and who make a real and lasting difference. the more that a broken system tells you that you are wrong, the more certain you should be that you must keep pushing ahead. you must keep pushing forward. courage tohave the be yourself. dot importantly you have to what you love. you have to do what you love. , they seen so many people are forced through lots of reasons, sometimes including family to go down a path that they do not want to go down.
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to go down a path that leads them -- to something they do not love or enjoy. , orhave to do what you love you most likely will not be very successful at it. do what you love. friend whoecognize a is here with us today who conserve -- can serve as an inspiration to us all. someone who does not know the meaning of the word, quit. real champion. a true, true champion, both on the field, off the field. he is a hall of fame quarterback for the buffalo bills, really a good friend of mine. an amazing guy, jim kelly. where is he? stand up. [applause] what a great man. jim kelly. [applause] jim, do youump:
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have any idea how much money would be making today? hitting him is like tackling a linebacker. or fiveld hit him, for guys that way three and 20 pounds, they just keep going on the field. he was more than a quarterback, he had tremendous heart and he knew how to win. jim is tough and his toughest fight of all was that he beat cancer, not once, but twice. [applause] -- bling president trump: i saw him and his incredible life as they were in a low moment. very low moment. it was amazing the way they thought. they did not look good. i would have said, maybe it will not happen. there was always that hope because of jim and his heart.
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i want to say, it is great to have you here today, jim. these people are big fans. if you could get a young version of jim kelly, he will be beating a lot of teams, jerry. [applause] iesident trump: interestingly said, i wonder what jim is doing here. his daughter, aaron, crosses the goal line to you and today with you. stand up. where are you? congratulations. congratulations. graduating from liberty, great choice. thank you. liberty university is a place where they really have true champions. you have a simple creed that you live by. to be really champions for christ. whether you are called to be a missionary overseas, to shepherd a church, or to be a leader in
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your community, you are living witness of the gospel message of faith, hope, and love. i must tell you, i am so proud as your president to have helped you along over the past short period of time. i said i would do it, and jerry, i did it. a lot of people are happy with what has taken place, especially last week. we did some very importing -- important signings. america is better when people put their faith into action. as long as i am your president no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith or from preaching what is in your heart. [applause] we will always:
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stand up for the right of all americans to pray to god and to follow his teachings. america is beginning a new chapter. today each of you begins a new chapter as well. when your story goes from here it will be defined by your vision, your perseverance, and your grit. that is a word jim kelly knows very well, your grit. in this i am reminded of another man you know very well and who has joined us here today. his name is george rogers. cfo anduniversity's vice president for a quarter of a century. during world war ii he spent 3.5 years as a prisoner of war. he saw many of his social -- fellow soldiers died during the
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baton death march. he was the victim of starvation and torture as a prisoner of war. was finally set free he weighed just 85 pounds and was told he would not live past the age of 40. today george is 98 years old. [applause] trump: great. [applause]
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president trump: that is so great, george. if anyone ever had reason to quit, to give into the bitterness and anger that we all point, to lose hope in god's's for his life, it was indeed george rogers. but that is not what he did. he stood up for his country. he stood up for his community. he stood up for his family. againstded civilization the tide of barbarity. the kind of barbarity we are seeing today and we have been witnessing of the last number of years. i want to tell you as your president, we are doing very, very well encountering it.
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hang in there. things are going along very well. he will be hearing a lot about it next week from our general. things are going along very, very well. kept his faithhe in god, even in the darkest steps of despair. like so many others of his generation, george came home to a nation full of optimism and pride and began to live out the american dream. he started a family. he discovered god's plan for him and he pursued the vision with all of his might, pouring his passion into a tiny college in a place called wench berg, virginiadid you ever hear of th? lynchburg? do we like it? we love it, right? i flew over.
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it is amazing, actually. what started as a dream with a few good friends he helped shepherd into the largest christian university in the world. just look at this amazing, iaring, growing campus, and have been watching it grow, because i have been a friend of liberty for a long time now, jerry, a long time. inc. some part to george's financial stewardship, -- thanks in part to george's financial stewardship, hundreds of thousands have been inspired by god. george, we thank you and we salute you, and you just stay healthy for a long time, george. thank you. now it falls on the shoulders of each of you today to protect the freedom that patriots like
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george earns with their incredible sacrifice. fortunately, you have been equipped with the tools from your time right here on this campus to make the right decisions and to serve, god, family, and country. as you build good lives, you will also be rebuilding our nation. leaders leaders in your community, stewards of great institutions. friends and loving family members. future where we have the courage to chase our dreams, no matter what the cynics and the doubters have to say. you will have the confidence to speak the hopes in your hearts and to express the love that
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stirs your souls, and you will have the faith to replace a broken establishment with a government that serves and protects the people. we must always remember that we one gloriouse and destiny. whether we are brown, black, or white, we all bleed the same red blood of patriots. we all salute the same great american flag. by the samell made almighty god. as long -- [applause] as you remember what you have learned here at
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havety, as long as you pride in your beliefs, kurds in your convictions, and faith in failgod, then you will not convictions, your and faith in your god, then you will not fail. remainsong as america to its its values, loyal citizens, and devoted to its best days areour yet to come. i can promise you that. this has been an exceptional morning. mehas been a great honor for . i want to thank you, the
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students, and i want to thank and congratulate liberty. may god bless the united states of america. may god bless all of you here today. thank you very much. thank you. [applause] ♪
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>> president trump and a commencement address at liberty university in lynchburg, virginia. that will be re-arrington night that will be re-arrington night on c-span at 8:00 eastern. spoke veryrump briefly to reporters about the search for a new fbi or. .- new fbi director here are his comments. news reports indicating today candidates are being considered for the job of fbi director, including the acting fbi director, andrew mccabe, alice fisher, judge michael
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garcia, who serves on the appeals court of new york, and republican senator john cornyn of texas, a member of the judiciary committee and a former texas attorney general. commencement address at liberty university with president trump will re-air 8 p.m. eastern. each year, cabinet secretaries and others deliver commencement speeches across the country. c-span's coverage of commencement speeches officially gets underway next saturday at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. eastern with betsy devos, elizabeth moran, and others. -- elizabeth warren, and others. the senate judiciary committee held confirmations on knoll francisco for solicitor general. dianne feinstein c